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Ligero - Cigar City Brewing

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional schwarzbier, Ligero pours brown to light black with notes of roasted coffee and nutty expressions. The flavor has elements of smoke with roasted espresso beans, sticky caramel-covered almonds and notes of dry dark chocolate in the finish.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Heatwave33 on 12-21-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-11-2014 14:06:40 | More by kjkinsey
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

A: quarter finger tan head with decry lacing on a dark black body with no light passing through.

S: roasted malt and light coffee but overall the aroma is mild.

T: Mild coffee and roasted malt with semisweet finish.

M: this one is incredibly smooth. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and smooth with just the right amount of roast and coffee flavor to be flavorful and appealing to even those who aren't coffee lovers.

02-10-2012 02:31:49 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-15-2012 10:50:22 | More by beernads
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is roasty, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Nice tasting beer. Light and simple. Easy drinking. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Well balanced. This is a nice brew that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

07-04-2012 16:21:52 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-20-2012 19:24:29 | More by THECPJ
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9%

From tap to tasting glass at The Funky Buddha Lounge on 6/2/12
*From notes

A: This one's reasonably dark and pretty clean brown. A minimal tan head and thin collar top this small glass of beer.

S: Medium roast coffee, tea leaves and milk chocolate.

T: Dry autumn leaves. A bit of dusty cocoa and dry malt round out the flavor profile.

M: The feel is decent if not slightly thin. Overall the texture, body and such are a bit better then just ok.

O: A decent stab at a Schwarzbier. I can't say it's one I'll spout off about at my next tasting, but I'd probably have a couple if offered.

06-13-2012 04:47:26 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

A - Dark brown beer with a creamy head that was kind of brownish-white in color.

S - Roasty with some brown sugar and a touch of honey.

T - Not a bad tasting beer. Some nice German influence with some nice roasted/toasty malts. There is an earthy quality to it and a slight touch of spice.

M - Medium bodied with lighter carbonation.

O - Pretty easy to get down, solid flavors, could do more than a couple. Wouldn't mind this one again.

02-28-2012 04:13:55 | More by AgentZero
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-18-2012 19:36:27 | More by Lare453
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-19-2013 02:43:31 | More by Jspriest
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

They had this on tap in an upscale cigar shop across the street from my hotel in Clearwater Beach.

Served in a frosty glass... ugh.

A: It poured a very dark, charcoal-like color (or lack of), with a creamy burnt marshmallow creme-esque head.

S: It had CCB's signature cigar ash roastiness, with tons of malt in there to boot. Kinda smells like Jose Marti.

T: I would definitely desribe this as a less viscious version of the Marti, with a touch more bready sweetness. Still... the roast was ridiculous.

M: Very creamy and somewhat refreshing. Sure some sweet elements were in there, but it definitely wasn't too. The roastiness created a mild bitterness on the end. The carbonation and the lacing were both extremely high.

O: This was definitely memorable and will probably grab another pint before I leave town.

01-13-2012 21:04:39 | More by Chaney
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a snifter. Growler was bought at the Cigar City tasting room.

A- Pours a hefty opaque black with a 3/4 inch head that soon becomes a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass with light surface foam and some sticky lacing.

S- Smells sweet like honey and molasses with some brown sugar in the end. Hints of spice come through as well.

T- Coffee upfront with roasted spice (Nutmeg?) accompanying. Crisp and fresh which makes it easy to drink but doesn't skimp on flavor. The unique sweetness in this beer makes me sip and sip and sip and sip.

M- A bit dry and thin but not detrimentally so. Medium carbonation.

O- Only the second Schwarzbier I've had that I remember liking. I'm beginning to have more respect for CC's lower ABV offerings.

01-03-2012 01:23:47 | More by Immortale25
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a very dark brown with only a little light getting in. Good sized head develops but drops to a thick film in under two minutes. Very little lace left behind by the dark tan foam.
Smell is toasted malt, wet cardboard, smoke and a hint of coffee. Good balance.
Taste is exactly as promised. Toasted malt, cardboard, smoke, coffee note. Good balance here as well. This beer's taste mimics the smell so closely there really is no differentiation between the two. Probably the closest in that regard of any beer I've ever had.
Smooth, light effervescence, medium-full body. Faint drying aspect. A fine brew. Make it again.

01-13-2012 02:39:39 | More by PorterLambic
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-09-2012 22:18:42 | More by shand
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-22-2014 19:46:05 | More by NJBeer265
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-05-2012 00:43:10 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2014 02:54:13 | More by LambicKing
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours black brown highlights when held to light. Brown head falls pretty fast, not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma nice toasted malts hints of chocolate, nice nutty notes with caramel hints and a bit of earthiness.

Taste is great toasted malts again lots of nutty notes, hints of coffee and light chocolate with some caramel backing it all up. Finish is earthy with some light hops.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side on par with style sporting nice peppy carbonation that suites this brew well.

Overall enjoyable malty treat that's light but favorable a good brew for sunny afternoon on the porch in Florida.

04-14-2012 00:09:46 | More by mntlover
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-01-2014 01:01:19 | More by 22Blue
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-19-2014 11:49:21 | More by ckollias
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Looks like a schwarzbier, black with an off white head that is a little too thin and lacing is ok.

The aroma has roasted background with coffee and cocoa hints, molasis and some spice.

Quite sweet for the style but enjoyable. Molasis and brown sugar with burnt edges and roasted flavors. Spicy notes and some cocoa.

A little thick for the style, smooth

Overall a little out of style and sweet. OK though.

01-04-2012 17:42:41 | More by JayS2629
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-10-2013 19:50:33 | More by Arsenal0328
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-31-2012 00:42:21 | More by Beejay
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-29-2011 00:11:48 | More by CGMLS3
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-01-2012 21:04:27 | More by djtomain
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-23-2014 07:43:24 | More by Bartos
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Ligero from Cigar City Brewing
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